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Dr. Sean McGhee Dr. McGhee
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
19 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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After took panadol (acetaminophen) cold and flu (paracetamol, phenylephrine hydrochloride), can I take actifed afterwards (triprolidine hydrochloride, pseudoephedrine?

After took panadol (acetaminophen) cold and flu (paracetamol, phenylephrine hydrochloride), can I take actifed afterwards (triprolidine hydrochloride, pseudoephedrine?

No: You shouldn't use both at the same time. If you want to switch from one to the other, wait until it is time for your next dose of the panadol, (acetaminophen) but then take the actifed instead. They are different medicines, but act in almost exactly the same fashion, so taking them together will result in too high a dose. ...Read more

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Dr. Maxime Cannesson
535 doctors shared insights

Phenylephrine (Definition)

Phenylephrine hydrochloride is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Dr. Richard Wieder Dr. Wieder
Ophthalmology
31 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Are there any prescription decongestants? Don't do well tolerating pseudofed.

Are there any prescription decongestants? Don't do well tolerating pseudofed.

Decongestants: Many over the counter medications contain phenylephrine instead of pseudoephedrine. You can try this instead to see if you tolerate it any better. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Neish Dr. Neish
Pediatrics - Cardiology
34 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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I get really congested due to year round allergies. I can't tolerate the decongestants. Could i try a child's dose to see if it would help?

I get really congested due to year round allergies. I can't tolerate the decongestants. Could i try a child's dose to see if it would help?

Avoid decongestants: In general, decongestants are not really effective long-term therapies for allergies. Generally, the effects of decongestants are to constrict blood vessels, throughout the body, which really does nothing to treat the causative problem, which is inflammation related to the allergen. Antihistamines, nasal steroids, allergen avoidance, and leukotriene antagonists are more effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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Sick with severe congestion for three days. Had a temp up until tuesday but no longer have it. Still achy have a cough. Decongestants don't work?

Sick with severe congestion for three days.  Had a temp up until tuesday but no longer have it.  Still achy have a cough. Decongestants don't work?

Viral.....: This is likely a viral infection(perhaps flu) that will run its course over the next few days. For cough and chest congestion, see your doctor (since over the counter meds not working) as you may need bronchodilator and perhaps steroid inhalers to decrease bronchospasm that may be causing the cough. For nasal congestion, perhaps saline nasal spray (over the counter); see doctor if ineffective. ...Read more

Dr. Joram Seggev Dr. Seggev
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
years in practice
The Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School
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Hello my favorite doctors! Just wondering if the clairitin that doesn't have the decongestant in it keepsyou awake as well? I've heard this complaint.

Hello my favorite doctors! Just wondering if the clairitin that doesn't have the decongestant in it keepsyou awake as well? I've heard this complaint.

Unlikely: Claritin (loratadine) is considered a non-sedating antihistamine. By package insert it is associated with 7% sedation. Higher doses and taking medication that slows the metabolism of loratadine such as erythromycin, cimetidine (Tagamet) or ketoconazole can cause sedation even with 1 tablet. Rarely, it is an upper, but this is unusual. ...Read more

Dr. Nela Cordero Dr. Cordero
Pediatrics
50 years in practice
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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Why doesn't a decongestant restore my sense of smell with a bad cold?

Why doesn't a decongestant restore my sense of smell with a bad cold?

AURI: Decongestants dry secretions from your nose when you have colds but it takes a few days before restoring your sense of smell because auri last a few days. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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What are the best decongestants for colds?

Topical decongestant: The long-acting OTC decongestant nasal spray will likely work the best. However do not use this for more than 5 days else you may end up hooked to the spray which is not healthy for your nose . ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Andrew Lipton Dr. Lipton
Holistic Medicine
26 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Any natural non-ephedra decongestants?

Decongestant: Any food that will cause a runny nose will naturally decongest. Ie peppers, curry, wasabi, soup. Hot steam in a shower is also an effective aid to congestion. ...Read more

Dr. Evans Prieston Dr. Prieston
Pharmacology
40 years in practice
West Virginia University School of Medicine
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Dr. Carrie Cannon Dr. Cannon
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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What kind of decongestant should I take?

Decongestant: If you do not have high blood pressure or other contraindications to decongestants, you can try phenylephrine contained in certain combination antihistamines, when necessary. Better yet, sterile saline spray or Cortaid nasal spray and I understand Flonase is OTC as well. Do not use Afrin or similar sprays for more than 3 days in a row to avoid rebound congestion, addiction, mucosal damage. ...Read more

Dr. Christopher Nicora Dr. Nicora
Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Dr. Alexander Gorup Dr. Gorup
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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Why isnt my nasal decongestant working?

Uncertain: May be due to anatomic blockage. Possibly nasal polyps. Should get seen by an ent. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Carter Dr. Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
26 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Can I take sleeping tablets with actifed?

Can I  take sleeping tablets with actifed?

Yes.: However, actifed causes drowsiness in many people, so you may not need to take a sleep aid. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Dr. Jeffrey Levine Dr. Levine
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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What's a good non-prescription decongestant?

Pseudoephedrine: However, don’t use them longer than seven days. Using them longer can actually make your nose more stopped up and you're probably dealing with something more severe than allergies or a common cold. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Anifat Balogun Dr. Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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Can somebody get an overdose of nasal decongestant?

Can somebody get an overdose of nasal decongestant?

Possibly: Overdosing is technically speaking when you take more of a medicine than is prescribed. If you mean, can you get a serious medical complication from overuse, the answer is that it is possible, but uncommon. Overuse of nasal decongestants like afrin can lead to insomnia, increased heart rate and nervousness. Risk of more serious side effects higher if you have hypertension or heart disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Elia Fanous Dr. Fanous
Obstetrics & Gynecology
16 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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What decongestants are safe to take while breastfeeding?

What decongestants are safe to take while breastfeeding?

Most are safe: To start, nasal saline or netti pot. Afrin for few days is ok. As long as blood pressure is not high, sudafed is ok. Sudafed or generic Pseudoephedrine tends to work better than phenylephrine. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What's the difference between decongestant and expectorant?

Definitions: A decongestant prevents fluid from accumulating in a cavity of the body, as a paranasal sinus. An expectorant make sputum more liquid in order to allow you to cough it out. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Actifed (Definition)

Actifed is a decongestant which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Pseudoephedrine And Triprolidine (Definition)

Pseudoephedrine|triprolidine is an antihistamine which is ...Read more